A study of life cycle costing in the perspectives of research and commercial applications in the 21st century

Cheung, Wai Ming, Newnes, Linda, Mileham, Antony, Marsh, Robert and Lanham, John (2007) A study of life cycle costing in the perspectives of research and commercial applications in the 21st century. In: Volume 4: ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications and the 19th Reliability, Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention Conference. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, USA, pp. 721-730. ISBN 0791848051

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/DETC2007-34425


This paper presents a review of research in the area of life cycle costing and offers a critique of current commercial cost estimation systems. The focus of the review is on relevant academic research on life cycle cost from 2000 onwards. In addition to this a comparison of the current cost estimation systems is presented. Using the review findings and industrial investigations as a base, a set of mathematical representations for design and manufacturing costs and the introduction of the critical factors is proposed. These are considered in terms of the operational, maintenance and disposal costs to create a method for ascertaining the life cycle cost estimate for complex products. This is presented using as an exemplar, research currently being undertaken in the area of low volume and long life electronic products in the UK defence sector. The benefit of the method proposed is that it aims to avoid the inflexibility of traditional approaches which usually require historical and legacy data to support the cost estimation processes

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Paper no. DETC2007-34425. Presented ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE2007) September 4–7, 2007 , Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Sarah Howells
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 09:52
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10363

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